Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit graduation, the first ever!

Jefferson County Sherrif's Office K-9 Unit
The face of top-flight security. (Jefferson County Sherrif’s Office / Facebook)

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit held its first graduation ceremony. Yes, you read that right.

A K-9 graduation.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit is staffing up just in time for The World Games 2022

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office K-9 Graduation
Look at those proud graduates and their parents. (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office / Facebook)

Jefferson County Sherrif’s Office K-9 Unit graduation came two months before The World Games 2022. The county had a total of 19 four-legged graduates.

“We have added a few new faces to our K-9 Team and everyone needed to have recertifications in advance of the World Games coming to Birmingham.  We decided it would be a good idea to showcase our team and make it an official ceremony.  The event was so successful, that we do plan to make it an annual event.”

Sgt. Joni Money, Assistant Public Information Officer, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

K-9s are the county’s best friends

Jefferson County Sherrif's Office K-9 Graduation
Fuze glowing like the golden star he is. (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office / Facebook)

These K-9s are certified in the areas of narcotics, explosives and tracking, just to name a few of their qualifications. The deputy handlers were very proud of their K-9 partners and their accomplishment. Sheriff Mark Pettway praised the K-9 graduates.

“Our team is super excited to be able to assist with the events at The World Games 2022.  People may not understand—these dogs live to work.  Getting to work is their favorite thing to do.  Having them as a part of the security at The World Games is not only good for the spectators, it makes the dogs happy.”

Sheriff Mark Pettway, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

Congratulations Graduates

Dog Grad Jefferson County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit graduation, the first ever!
Sitting pretty for photo-op. (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office / Facebook)

Congratulations to the K-9 grads. All graduates and their deputies are listed below.

  • Deputy Chad King and Piston                                     
  • Deputy Will Johnson and Fuze
  • Deputy Chris Godber and Naiyah                                              
  • Deputy Kenneth Finley and Sutton                          
  • Deputy Barry Deed and Duke
  • Deputy Matt Mitchell and Eli                                        
  • Deputy Jon Crayton and Loki 
  • Deputy Thomas Cleveland and Cheeto
  • Deputy AJ Brasher and Gunner                                
  • Deputy Timothy Bishop and Max                            
  • Sergeant Danny Barrett and Zik
  • Victim’s Advocate Renee Whitcomb and Georgia              
  • Deputy Charlie Robertson and Spark                       
  • Sergeant Tim Pugh and Koda
  • Deputy Megan Morgan and Riggs                                             
  • Lieutenant Kerry Morgan and Otis                           
  • Deputy David Lawrence and Riley

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